Science of Flexibility (2nd Edition) / Edition 2

Science of Flexibility (2nd Edition) / Edition 2

by Alter, Michael J. Alter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873229770

ISBN-13: 9780873229777

Pub. Date: 04/01/1996

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Science of Flexibility has long been considered the leading reference on the topic, and this second edition reaffirms that status. No other book covers these concepts and principles better.

Based on the latest research, this completely revised and updated edition includes five new chapters, nearly doubling the content. These chapters discuss

  • the

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Overview

Science of Flexibility has long been considered the leading reference on the topic, and this second edition reaffirms that status. No other book covers these concepts and principles better.

Based on the latest research, this completely revised and updated edition includes five new chapters, nearly doubling the content. These chapters discuss

  • the hypermobility of joints,
  • joint manipulation and chiropractic adjustment,
  • controversial stretches,
  • the relationship of stretching and special populations, and
  • the functionality of stretching and flexibility for specific sports and health conditions.
In the first few chapters, readers will learn about factors that limit flexibility, such as the titin filament in muscle, plasticity in the spinal cord's neural circuits, and the influence of circadian cycles.

The remaining chapters discuss how such limiting factors can be modified to enhance joint range of motion. These chapters feature a variety of techniques to enhance flexibility throughout the body.

With more than 1,400 scholarly and professional references and over 200 illustrations, photos, and tables, Science of Flexibility is invaluable for

    exercise scientists,
  • health and fitness professionals,
  • athletic trainers,
  • sport physical therapists and chiropractors,
  • massage therapists, and
  • instructors and practitioners of dance, yoga, and the martial arts.
It's also an excellent textbook for physical therapy, massage therapy, and other professional therapy training programs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873229777
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Credits
Ch. 1A Modern Overview of Flexibility and Stretching1
Ch. 2Osteology and Arthrology11
Ch. 3Contractile Components of Muscle: Limiting Factors of Flexibility17
Ch. 4Connective Tissue: A Limiting Factor of Flexibility39
Ch. 5Mechanical and Dynamic Properties of Soft Tissues59
Ch. 6The Neurophysiology of Flexibility: Neural Anatomy and Neural Physiology85
Ch. 7Hypermobility of the Joint105
Ch. 8Relaxation113
Ch. 9Muscular Soreness: Etiology and Consequences127
Ch. 10Special Factors in Flexibility139
Ch. 11Social Facilitation and Psychology in Developing Flexibility159
Ch. 12Stretching Concepts165
Ch. 13Types and Varieties of Stretching173
Ch. 14Mobilization, Joint Play, Manipulation, and Chiropractic Adjustment197
Ch. 15Controversial Stretches209
Ch. 16Stretching and Special Populations229
Ch. 17Anatomy and Flexibility of the Lower Extremity and Pelvic Girdle237
Ch. 18Anatomy and Flexibility of the Vertebral Column261
Ch. 19Anatomy and Flexibility of the Upper Extremity279
Ch. 20Functional Aspects of Stretching and Flexibility293
Stretching Exercises309
References325
Author Index359
Subject Index365
About the Author373

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